The Somers Solar Center
New England’s Largest Solar Project
Somers, CT – On December 23rd, 2011, Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), along with the office of Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy, announced HelioSage as the winning bidder for the state’s largest ever solar project. HelioSage was selected from among 23 bidders to develop a 7.4 MW solar farm to sell power to the investor owned utility Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P). In late November 2013, the promise of the Somers Solar Center became a reality and was celebrated with a dedication ceremony recognizing the commissioned project as the largest solar facility in New England.
The Somers Solar Center is sited on 75 acres that comprise part of a privately held beef cattle operation in northern CT. HelioSage engaged the property owner under a Solar Site Lease Agreement, who now receives annual lease payments in exchange for hosting the project. According to the property owner, this revenue stream will ensure a future in agriculture for a family that has farmed the land continuously for four generations.
The Somers Solar Center will produce at least 7.5 million kilowatt hours a year, enough electricity for close to 650 average US homes. Because the power is generated from a clean source, the corresponding reduction in CO2 emissions is 5,100 tons – equivalent to 580,000 gallons of gasoline avoided during each year of operation.
All electricity produced will be sold directly to Connecticut Light & Power under a Power Purchase Agreement, thereby diversifying the utility’s energy mix while providing rate payers with a source of power that is affordable, clean and renewable.